1. Great article as always Parker. I love romance in any genre. Brings more to the story

  2. notleia says:

    Eh, I don’t believe in soulmates, but I don’t think that diminishes what you can have with your partner of choice. But I prefer choice over destiny and a comfy relationship over dramatics.

    Auntie Notleia could tell the youngins some tedious stories about how high school romance tropes can bite you in the butt and an engagement ring doesn’t do anything to solve underlying problems in the relationship. Don’t be a prop in someone else’s grand heroic narrative about themselves, children. They get upset when you diverge from your assigned NPC script, and it’s just not worth putting up with.

  3. frank4man says:

    I think you mean Carole McDonnell’s Wind Follower.

  4. Excellent article! I believe that if you ask the Lord, He’ll lead you to the mate he has chosen for you. I believe you’re a fool if you ignore this possibility. He’s the one who designed you. Certainly, he’s the one who has a person he designed to complement you in the oneness which is marriage.

  5. Micah Harris says:

    It may sound idolatrous, but scripture itself makes it clear that God has made us so that human relationships fill a void that he cannot. Jesus in his humanity had the most perfect relationship with his father ever, beyond our imagining. Yet, in Gethsemane, in his perfect humanity, he expressed the need for his three best friends to draw close to him in addition to drawing close to God, and he was clearly hurt and disappointed when they let him down. His relationship with God didn’t supply what they could. So, God alone wasn’t enough to satisfy God himself when he became a man. I don’t think anyone would accuse God of idolatry. LOL! No, as you say, it goes back to “It’s not good for man to be alone.” Didn’t Adam have God? So, how was he alone? In the realm of humanity, and God himself put it in Adam to find ultimate society and perfect bliss in a sexually fulfilling relationship with a woman. So, in essence, God said, “it’s good for the man to get ‘im a girl.” But was this just for procreation, as you hear argued? Check it out: not one word about having babies in the Gen. 2 detailed account of the creation of Eve. It’s all about the unique romantic relationship. In English, I understand we lose the full quality of Adam’s excitement at first seeing the new girl on the block that’s present in the Hebrew, something along the lines of: “WHOOPEE! HOMINA-HOMINA!” Ah…isn’t it romantic? And every guy who has gotten his first look at a girl THAT way (probably around the 6th or 7th grade) ever since knows what that excitement is like. God esteems romantic love so highly that he closes the Bible and opens the door on our eternity in a new heaven and a new earth by describing our relationship with him in those terms. Someone said that Shakespeare ended all his comedies with marriage because theatrical comedy, by definition, must have a happy ending, and there is no happier ending than young love satisfied. In this, God and Shakespeare were on the same page, for the Bible ends with his people described as a beautiful bride and God seeing her come down the aisle to him. “And they lived happily ever after.” Thanx for this great piece, Parker! In fact, you’ve given me some helpful leads in promoting the first two books in my own epic fantasy romance series.

  6. notleia says:

    I’m coming back and taking a moment to poke the bear with a stick.

    Consent should be able to be withdrawn: otherwise what you’re operating under is coercion.

  7. NP says:

    As concerning the Word of life, Luke 10 section 25-28 says: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
    Luke 18 section 18-25 says: A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
    Matthew 5 section 43-48 says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
    In Old Testament, the Jewish people and their ancestors were given the Law to observe. First, What Adam and Eve should observe was that they could not eat the fruits from the tree of wisdom. Then, their son Cain was told that he should not kill. As sins became increased, the laws were also added more. Up to the generation of Moses, the Law in Old Testament was given to Israelites. We know that the Law is good and the Law is used to punish people who commit sins, but people cannot obey the Law because the sinful spirits are in people. Even that we know stealing and giving false testimony are sinful, but greedy and pride spirits in us drive us to do sinful things. So as Old Testament prophesied we need to get rid of our sinful nature from our spirits.
    Jeremiah 31 section 31-33 says: “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
    Ezekiel 36 section 24-27 says: “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
    The prophecies are fulfilled when Jesus begins to teach love. The two greatest commandments are ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Love is above the Law and if people have love they are free from the law of sin and death. People who are full of love will not think about stealing or giving false testimony but are merciful and they feed hungry people or give thirsty people something to drink or invite strangers in or clothe people who need clothes. The Law is for people who commit sins. Nobody will say that he will get reward because he does not steal before. But love is the grace we get. And with love we will get eternal life.
    Romans 13 section 8-10 says: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
    Luke 17 section 20-21 says: Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say,’ Here it is,’ or ‘ There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
    John 4 section 23-24 says: Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

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